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Not a Time for Second Thoughts: EDNY Holds Settlement Approval Stage Is No Escape Route

by Dechert LLP on

U.S. Bankruptcy Rule 9019 provides that on a motion brought by a trustee (and thus a chapter 11 debtor-in-possession as well) the court may approve a settlement. The prevailing view is that due to the court’s approval...more

Some Holiday Cheer for a Challenging Retail Environment

by Perkins Coie on

It would be an understatement to say that 2017 has been a difficult year for the retail sector. Store closings and bankruptcy filings punctuate the news almost daily. However, challenges beget opportunities, and this...more

Courts, Cooperation, and More: Incorporating Case-Specific Provisions in Insolvency Protocols - September 2017

by Jones Day on

In cross-border restructuring cases, interested parties increasingly rely on court-approved insolvency protocols to aid in managing complex insolvencies involving debtors' assets, liabilities, or operations that span...more

Best in Law: Which Interest Rate Applies in Bankruptcy? With Low Federal Rates, It Matters, BB&K Attorney Thomas Eastmond Writes...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While the question of what interest rate applies to a claim in bankruptcy might seem, at first glance, to be straightforward — it is not. Depending on the circumstances, a creditor might be entitled to no interest at all,...more

The Section 363 Sale Process: Buying Assets from a Bankrupt Company

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Businesses struggle and bankruptcies are filed for a number of reasons, regardless of the economic climate. While unfortunate, this provides opportunities for others to purchase assets of distressed companies through the...more

Dear Mortgage Lender – Where Debtors Surrender, Act Quickly

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Eleventh Circuit’s ruling in the Failla case was triumph for mortgage lenders when it affirmed the District Court’s opinion that “once the debtor decides to ‘surrender’ secured property… [w]hile the debtor need not...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Use of Cash Collateral

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Wet Seal – Preference Actions Filed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On August 29, 2017, The Wet Seal, LLC filed preference actions against 67 defendants. The lead Wet Seal bankruptcy case is Case No. 17-10229 in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Wet Seal is represented by...more

Prescription: A discussion of without prejudice acknowledgments in South Africa

by Dentons on

Extinctive prescription is a means of rendering various types of obligations and claims as extinguished or unenforceable by the effluxion of time. In this article, we provide a brief overview on without prejudice statements...more

Delaware Court Holds that Trademark License Cannot be Assigned Without Consent

The Delaware bankruptcy court recently decided that a debtor could not assign a trademark license absent the consent of the licensor. The court concluded that federal trademark law and the terms of the license precluded...more

Model Reorg Acquisition, LLC Files for Bankruptcy in Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On August 26, 2017, Model Reorg Acquisition, LLC, and eighteen of its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “Model Reorg” or “Debtors”), filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the...more

Eleventh Circuit Moves Toward Bright Line Rule That Debtors Cannot Retain Real Property Post- Discharge Without Reaffirming the...

by Burr & Forman on

Last year, Burr & Forman lawyers won a decisive victory in the Eleventh Circuit, in the case of In re Failla, 838 F.3d 1170 (11th Cir. 2016). In Failla, the Eleventh Circuit held that a debtor who files a statement of...more

Section 553 of the Bankruptcy Code Preserves Rather Than Creates Setoff Rights

by Jones Day on

In Feltman v. Noor Staffing Grp., LLC (In re Corp. Res. Servs. Inc.), 564 B.R. 196 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2017), the bankruptcy court considered whether section 553 of the Bankruptcy Code creates a right of setoff when no such...more

Second Circuit Affirms Bankruptcy Court’s Nullification of Chapter 15 Debtor’s Sale of Claim Due to Woefully Inadequate Price

by Jones Day on

In the March/April 2013 edition of the Business Restructuring Review, we reported on an opinion by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York concluding that a chapter 15 debtor’s sale of claims against...more

Two Recent Decisions Demonstrate Continued Disagreement Over Whether Economic Value or Face Amount of Liens Is Appropriate Metric...

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor in possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of liens on the property under section 363(f) of the Bankruptcy Code has long been recognized as one of the...more

Recent Case Law Developments Impact Claims of Unpaid Suppliers for Goods Delivered Immediately Prior to Customer Bankruptcy

by Dickinson Wright on

Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. §503(b)(9)) provides a special administrative priority claim for someone that supplies goods to a debtor in the 20 day period before the bankruptcy filing, but is unpaid as...more

Partial Worthlessness

by Alston & Bird on

While we wait to learn whether the Section 385 regulations will be withdrawn or changed, it is useful to recall some of the basic rules of dealing with debt. Even related-party debt can sometimes run into payment troubles....more

Suppliers Beware: Two Recent Cases (in Third Circuit and Delaware) Hold that Debtor Must Physically Possess Goods Within Statutory...

Amidst a surge in retail bankruptcies, two recent decisions construing section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code directly limit suppliers’ ability to seek administrative claims for goods shipped to a debtor in the period...more

Success Fees - Technical Arguments Fail In The Face Of Broad Definitions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a decision signed July 26, 2017 in the Nephrogenex bankruptcy (case 16-11074), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court approved of the application of the Debtor’s investment banker for a success fee over the objection...more

Delaware Clarifies “Received” For Valuable 503(b)(9) Claims

by Cole Schotz on

Delaware’s Bankruptcy Court has recently issued two insightful opinions that impact a creditor’s ability to establish the “receipt” element of a valuable 503(b)(9) administrative expense priority claim. CASE 1: In re SRC...more

Delaware Court Denies Request of Beverly Hills Entities to Require Chapter 11 Debtor to Properly Abandon Wells

by Clark Hill PLC on

In In re Venoco, LLC, 2017 WL 2374683 (May 31, 2017), the Delaware bankruptcy court denied the request of California governmental agencies to require the Debtor to comply with environmental obligations with regard to an oil...more

Third Circuit Decides Goods Are “Received” Upon Physical Possession in Bankruptcy Case

by Perkins Coie on

Many creditors that provide goods to a debtor before a bankruptcy case begins believe that their recovery will be mere cents on the dollar. While prepetition claims often receive small, if any, distributions, Section...more

Charging Orders

A “charging order” allows a judgment creditor to receive a debtor’s share of distributions from a limited liability company (LLC) or a partnership. With the proliferation of LLCs in the last 20 years, understanding “charging...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin - Issue 1 - 2017 - Supreme Court Lehman Waterfall I decision - foreign currency creditors...

by Dechert LLP on

98% of the liabilities of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) (“LBIE”) were denominated in non-sterling currencies. The fall in sterling after LBIE entered administration resulted in significant paper...more

Third Circuit Provides Guidance To Creditors Seeking Section 503(b)(9) Administrative Expense Status

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Unsecured creditors frequently find themselves in the lurch when a company files for bankruptcy. One of the few mechanisms for recovering the value of goods supplied to a debtor prior to a bankruptcy case is an administrative...more

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